Daniel Armstrong, Director of University of Miami Miller School of Medicines Mailman Center for Child Development (UCEDD/LEND) Appointed Chair of Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council

August 2, 2013

Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics, has been elected Chair of the Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC). Armstrong represents the American Cancer Society on the BRAC.

"Biomedical research on cancer and tobacco-related illnesses benefits Floridians in many ways," said Armstrong. "It helps us recruit the investigators who can change the future of these diseases, creates collaborations across the state, and ultimately, and most importantly, improves the lives and health of those who are affected or might be affected by these diseases."

The BRAC advises the State Surgeon General on the direction of state-funded biomedical research and recommends funding of research proposals, as determined by open competitive peer review, through the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program.

Daniel Armstrong also serves as Co-Director of the University of Miami Sickle Cell Center, program director of the University of Miami's Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Investigation, and co-leader of the Biobehavioral Oncology Program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Armstrong is the associate chief of staff for Holtz Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital Center at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, and was the 2011-2012 Chair of the Board and President of the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society.